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someone like newt gingrich running for president and he calls president barack obama the food stamp president, on one level he can say i'm talking about how more people went on food stamps during barack obama's presidency than any other president. you can dispute that figure or not, and some people have, but that is what he says he means there but there's another meaning on top of it, where black people are associated with welfare programs. welfare programs are considered undesirable. the term welfare is determined undesirable, and if you can connect a black president with the idea the is handing free stuff to people to get them to vote for him, that's an association that can work with voters. and indeed people, journalists who interviewed folks who voted in the south carolina primary where gingrich won the republican contest, said that idea was a strong one for them. that association was something they agreed with. so, we see even now politicians can use this coded language, reach the people they want to reach, but also be able to deny they're using that tactic because there's anot
that obama was waging in so forth and so on and the reality is, the first amendment didn't emerge from the east though. it wasn't some intellectual exercise. it was, as were the other amendments, the constitution itself specific response to specific historical events. in this book really goes into many of those events and supportive grew into the first amendment later. but, as a writer, a thing to try to prevent writing the president into the past to have to be aware of the biases and as amy said, you may not have to hide them necessarily but you have to be aware of them, referring to the fact that i was a football coach and i did that for a few years after he dropped out of my ph.d. program in history. and i was a defensive coordinator at a small college and i was on the defense that has sort of the built-in weakness. it was great in many places but there was an area of the defense that we were outnumbered by the offensive players. we were on the defense anyway and actually we were quite successful but we knew that. every single day we practiced so weakness would not kill us and every
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